R&D Associate Staff, Materials Science and Chemistry, Electrification Section

Date: Feb 6, 2024

Location: Knoxville, TN, US, 37932

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 12319 



Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national laboratory, with an extraordinary 80-year history of solving the nation’s biggest problems. We have a dedicated and creative staff of over 6,200 people! ORNL’s decadal vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) is to cultivate an environment and practices that foster diversity in ideas and in the people across the organization, as well as to ensure ORNL is recognized as a workplace of choice. These elements are critical for enabling the execution of ORNL’s broader mission to accelerate scientific discoveries and their translation into energy, environment, and security solutions for the nation. Come join us as we solve the nation's biggest challenges!



We are seeking staff position researchers to advance science and technology in the areas of electrochemical energy storage.  Selection will be based on qualifications, relevant experience, technical skills, and education. The chosen candidates are expected to develop and execute research projects on high-power and high-energy battery systems, their components, and their characterization.


Candidates should have demonstrated a record of technical accomplishments in 1) materials synthesis and functionalization and 2) advanced characterization techniques. Prior experience with battery R&D is highly desired. The research areas are aligned with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office and other government agencies.


Major Duties / Responsibilities:

  • Carry out works on the synthesis of novel nano- and bulk-functional materials.
  • Conduct works on the characterization of materials and interfaces.
  • Evaluate the electrochemical performance of materials and cells.
  • Develop techniques and strategies for electrochemical measurements and post-test analysis.
  • Exploit new opportunities and/or expand existing efforts.
  • Advance the reputation and standing of the group through establishing collaborations, professional society leadership and involvement.
  • Write, develop, and review technical products such as proposals, publications, and artifacts to ensure high quality and consistency with ORNL standards.
  • Ensure safe, collegial, and collaborative workplace.
  • Deliver ORNL’s mission by aligning behaviors, priorities, and interactions with our core values of Impact, Integrity, Teamwork, Safety, and Service. Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by fostering a respectful workplace – in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Materials Science, Chemistry, Electrochemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or related discipline.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong materials synthesis and chemistry background
  • Strong publication record with excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience in writing reports and successful proposals and presenting project updates.
  • Strong safety attitude.


No security clearance is required for this position.


This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

We accept Word (.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.

If you have trouble applying for a position, please email ORNLRecruiting@ornl.gov.

ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

Nearest Major Market: Knoxville